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Seven former SUNY Canton students charged in hazing incident

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CANTON — Police have named the seven former SUNY Canton students who allegedly were involved in a November fraternity hazing incident at 72 Miner St.

Village police released the names following their investigation into the incident. All seven were charged with first-degree hazing, a class A misdemeanor, and are due to appear in Town Court on Jan. 22.

The students were the only members of Zeta Alpha Phi, a SUNY Canton fraternity. Following an investigation by the college, the fraternity was permanently disbanded and its members were expelled or suspended for several years.

Police said the charges stem from a single incident of hazing, and mark the end of their investigation. No further charges will be filed.

“We had a victim during the hazing process that was paddled, and it left bruising,” said Sgt. Basil W. Cheney, who led the investigation.

Charges of first-degree hazing apply to cases in which the incident leads to an injury, as opposed to second-degree hazing which deals only with the risk of injury.

The following men were charged:

n Thomas E. Cahill, 19, of 422 Sand Creek Road, Albany.

n Thomas B. Hollister, 19, of 450 River Road, Hammond.

n Christopher Masuicca, 19, of 148 Sawmill Road, Pulaski.

n Samuel W.R. Monnat, 20, of 3148 County Route 2, Pulaski.

n Cody M. Peterson, 19, of 882 Centerville Road, Pulaski.

n Camron R. Waters, 20, of 4 Mansion Blvd., Delmar.

n Luke M. Williamson, 20, of 2959 Route 248, Greenwood.

The college would not reveal which students were suspended and which were expelled, citing privacy laws.

SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish released a statement following news of the charges.

“SUNY Canton enforced its zero-tolerance policy for hazing and bullying by implementing disciplinary measures against these students and their fraternity as soon as college officials were made aware of the hazing allegations,” she said. “The college continues to cooperate with village officials in this matter. The actions of seven former students do not represent the student body or Greek community at SUNY Canton, which has demonstrated civic leadership and participated in local charitable endeavors.”

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